Sunday, February 5, 2012

Super Bowl Sew-in

We quilted....and then we wilted!

Pam arrived just after 9:30 a.m. and after we got all of her bags and machine in place we headed for the kitchen to put together with brunch treat which my DH had heard about on the radio on a recent road trip.  Ever heard of a baked french toast with ham and bananas?  No?  Me either...until today.  I found a recipe from Paula Deen on the Internet and decided to try it despite the fact that it only had 2 stars.  The guy on the radio insisted it was worth trying so we thought 'what the heck'.  Let's give it a whirl!

Here's a picture of our brunch (we needed our strength for our playtime!):

bread on the bottom, then ham, then sliced banana, bacon, eggs,  mozza cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper. 

We decided it was a fun adventure but the bananas were a bit weird.  Now pineapple would have been interesting.  hmmm.  Maybe next time.  But now to our sewing adventure!!

So here's my work space looking out to my back garden (LOVE this view!) which provides serenity and inspiration all at the same time.  And yes, those are Orca Bay pieces on my work table.  More on that later.  Mr. Sun joined us all day which was a wonderful addition.

And here is Pam's task for the day:  stitching in the ditch on her cat quilt (a UFO):

Notice her border.  It works great on this quilt and I must remember it for future use:

Leftovers put to good use don't you think??

And my mammoth task for this superbowl sewing day was to work on my triangle string units (to start with anyway) of my Orca Bay quilt from There are my first two Orca Bay units up on the design wall.  I'm doing my 'frames' differently than Bonnie Hunter's and I'm adding blue to the centre of the light block instead of red in every one....just cuz I can!

 Now the production line...

 They went together fairly well and most of my points were bang on and 
we'll just forgive the ones that were a tad off.

Me so happy !

Phew!  All done... next...

Now to work on the Ohio Stars.  I have to say that I love my little swirls on these hourglass blocks.  They all cooperated so well!!

...and she wilted!  But look at all I got done today!!  All the string triangle units + all the light Ohio stars + all the centres of the dark Ohio stars.  What I didn't photograph was all the border units that I also got done (minus 6 - I must have miscounted).  Next time I will finish the dark Ohio stars and then start constructing the rest of the blocks.

I am hoping to hang this quilt in our quilt show in May.  I may actually get it done in time and that would be awesome!

But for now...I need some rest cuz it's back to work in the morning.  Pam got her quilting done with her kitties and when she left at around 4:30 pm was looking forward to starting to hand quilt the rest of it tonight in front of a cozy fire with her DH.  It will be fun to see her quilt finished.

Hope your Superbowl Sunday was as fun as ours!

Until next time,



  1. Wow... you two got a LOT accomplished! What fun to sew with someone else like that... congratulations!

  2. You really did get a lot done and your units do look perfect - way better than mine!

  3. I love that cat quilt, I used to have the pattern, but lost it before I got it made. Your Orca Bay pieces look perfect, and I think your changes will be lovely.

  4. What a wonderful day to have with your friend. One of the most important benefits of quilting are the friends we have made along the way...actually I have made friends than quilts.

  5. I love your light blue--and it looks great in the star centers. Can't wait to see how it looks when it is all together, with your frames switched. It is so fun to give it your own twist. Good job!

  6. You made some good progress! Love the light blue centers -- I think it will be fabulous! You do have a wonderful view from your sewing room window.